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London Explorer

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Westminster Station and the London Eye
Tour Style: First Class
9 Days from $2,125 per person

The Union Jack waves its greeting as you amble through London's avenues and lush green spaces, tracing centuries of heritage and historical landmarks from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace on this At Leisure vacation. Marvel at castles, cathedrals and palaces, see the picturesque Cotswolds and indulge in a traditional English cream tea.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Embrace the pomp and pageantry of a city that marches to its very own vibrant cosmopolitan tune – yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception to kick off your grand At Leisure exploration.
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  3. Ease into London's energetic pace this morning before embarking on an included half-day sightseeing tour with your Travel Director featuring Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. See the stately Changing of the Guard before your sightseeing tour finishes in central London. Spend the rest of the day enjoying a slice of London culture or join an Optional Experience to the Tower of London to see the magnificent Crown Jewels and meet the Yeoman Warders of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. This evening, we enjoy a delicious meal at Heddon Street Kitchen in the heart of the West End – one of Chef Gordon Ramsay's most-celebrated London eateries.
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  4. Regal traditions and ancient monuments take center stage today as we embark on a full-day excursion from London. Visit Windsor Castle, one of the Queen's elegant homes including the superb Georgian State Apartments and St. George's Chapel before free time for lunch in this historic market town. Our next stop sees us delve into the fascinating history of the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe – the ancient circle at Stonehenge before returning to London.
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  5. Armed with your 3-day travel pass, London truly is your oyster. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to make the most out of your full day at leisure. Walk through 'The City' exploring the oldest part of London. Pay tribute to Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square and wander down The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Alternatively, consider a full-day Optional Experience to the enchanting Cotswolds visiting Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon with a stop in the university town of Oxford. Get a real taste of the city this evening with Trafalgar's exclusive VizEat Optional Experiences. Consider sharing delicious traditional flavors with a local family in their home.
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  6. Imagine the kings and queens who have glided gracefully up the 13th century mosaic floor of Westminster Abbey which we will have an opportunity to explore this morning on a guided visit with a Local Specialist. Later, visit Kensington Palace for a Cultural Insight into the lives of the Royal Family. Tour the Royal Palace that was once home to Diana, Princess of Wales, and indulge in a delicious English cream tea in The Orangery surrounded by beautiful formal gardens before returning to your hotel.
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  7. Saunter past the buzzing stalls of Borough Market. Your Travel Director will take you on a leisurely walk for a Cultural Insight into the daily lives of Londoners. Embrace your inner foodie and indulge in the flavors of the best of British, before spending the rest of the day at leisure visiting London's extraordinary museums, many of which are free to visit. Use your London Oyster card to traverse the length and breadth of London.
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  8. Enjoy one last full day in the lively city streets of London. This afternoon meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a leisurely cruise down the Thames to Greenwich. Sail under the famous Tower Bridge before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a historic pub with a toast to your unforgettable week.
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  9. After breakfast, say a fond farewell to London and newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable At Leisure vacation in one of the world's greatest cities. London Airport Transfer services are available to purchase to London airports. Conditions apply.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $740 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $30 p.p.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.

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Meal Summary

7 nights, 7 full breakfasts, 1 cream tea, 3 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Forage for the freshest food buys at Britain's most renowned food market – Borough Market and rub shoulders with royalty enjoying an English cream tea at Kensington Palace

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London and a guided tour of Westminster Abbey

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London
  • Orientation of Borough Market, Greenwich
  • Visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, You will also have a choice of fantastic free museums to visit including the Imperial War Museum and the British Museum
  • View Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace
  • Scenic cruise on the Thames from the London Eye down to Greenwich
  • 3-day London Oyster card pass

Reviews

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : Enjoyed the Tour Director and bus driver. They created a lovely tour.
Vacation : The price of the tour including the hotel was very acceptable. I did not utilize any of the optional tours that were described on the tour because I have been to London three previous times I did one of the optional tours alone (Tower of London). Had no interest in the other optional tours.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : YES! Anthony Perry was perfect as our Travel Director...I was disappointed that the optional trip to the Cotswolds didn't go thru any of the wonderful villages and have a lunch stop in one of them,plus a little shopping time.We only saw the countryside (Lovely) Kensington Palace afternoon tea was not very special.The food was ordinary...I did enjoy the Princess Diana clothes exhibit.The 16th century pub was delightful as was the Gordon Ramsey meal at his Eatery.The special guides at the Places we visited were knowledgeable and personable.The Proper English Breakfast plus anything else you could possibly want for Breakfast was delicious.The Bus Drivers were great.I would have liked more quality Fish&Chips places than we were provided.The Seashell on Lisson Grove is top notch if you want to provide first class Fish&Chips.
Vacation : We shopped Portobello Market....Not included in trip...had the very best time there...Bought Lovely Antique "Smalls"...This should be an optional excursion,something for everyone,Only 2 underground stops from Marble Arch.Great gifts of every price are to be had at this market.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : Everything was done professionally and first class. The tour director was amazing.
Vacation : London and Paris were done extremely well.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
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Service rating : Excellent.
Vacation : Great service and fascination tour spots.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
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Service rating : The airplane and hotel reservations were top-notch. The tour director was amazing, very knowledgeable and kind and caring. He found a block of tickets for a London musicial which he added on as an optional tour experience, which was tremendous. We learned a huge amount about all the sites from him, and had a whole lot of fun doing it.
Vacation : Tony is an amazing, hard-working, very knowledgable about all the sites we went to, brought a lot of fun into every day. He handled the tour very well, and brought many additional experiences into our tour. Could not have been better.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : Tony Perry was an excellent courier, friendly and very knowledgeable. We would have preferred to stay in the Main Cumberland Hotel as the annex is not nearly as nice. We had to change rooms because the odor in ours was dreadful...cooking odors. It took them 4 hours to clean another room, after they kept saying 20 more minutes over and over. Our entrance in the morning to reception in the main building was excellent carried out by a young gentleman whose name, unfortunately I cannot remember. We arrived about 10 am on Sept. 10.
Vacation : A good mix of free time and personal time. The restaurants were grand.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : We had many wonderful adventures on this tour of GB and our tour director, Denise, was great. But the tour guide for the 1/2 day tour London just prior to leaving for the notrh was not so good as he left me even though I arrived back at the bus at the appointed time. How disconcerting.
Vacation : This tour allowed you discretionary time to participate or not in the planned activities. Our guide Tony was excellent and very very helpful when trying to find restaurants and other activities.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Service rating : I was very happy with the trip and I would recommend Grand European to everyone. I will look to book another trip with them.
Vacation : The trip was wonderful. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We're thrilled that you had a great vacation and appreciate our staff. This year we will be launching more City Explorers, and we hope to see you again soon!
Friday, August 25, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : Professional, knowledgeable and couldn't be more helpful. My second trip planned and wouldn't hesitate to book again.
Vacation : Great way to spend 8 days in London. Leisurely and loaded with plenty to see.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : The London tour was fabulous. Tony Perry the tour guide was the best. He was always there with information as well as guidance for what we wanted to do in our spare time. Rob Rainwater from GET was very helpful in setting everything up.
Vacation : London was great. The tour guide Tony Perry was fabulous. He was always available and offered excellent suggestions and guidance for our free time. I'd travel with him again. Rob Rainwater from GET was a great help in getting everything planned for us.
Monday, June 12, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : Both guides - Tony and Jonathan 0 went beyond the call of duty. Thoroughly knowledgable and patient. The tour should NOT say "moderate" or "active" pace but "this tour is not recommended for those with canes, unable to climb many steps or walk on uneven streets or with walking problems." This caused groups to be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out due to the point where the host was not visibleiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Parisian Hotel (Meridien Etoile) was perfect, far better than the Cumberland in London in every way - service, ability to communicate, food, room and lobby.
Vacation : Sweat shirt and Christmas tree orgnament
Thursday, June 1, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : Our Travel Director, Tony Perry, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Local Tour Guides were very good also. It was informative and fun taking in the sites of London.
Vacation : The London Explorer captured many of the main attractions of London while allowing free time to round out my trip with even more fantastic experiences.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for the wonderful feedback on our London Explorer.  
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : I was so pleased with everything that we were able to see and do during our tour. All the major highlights and more. Tony, our tour director, is a true gem!
Vacation : Great value for the money!
Saturday, May 6, 2017
London Explorer
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Service rating : excellent leader nicely paced activities good choice of restaurants
Vacation : I don't know what you mean about "purchases"! We enjoyed our trip.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to England must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the country.

  • The currency in England is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in London, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in London. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the cuisine.  Restaurants around London serve specialties such as fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

  • The climate in London is temperate with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Restaurants in London often include a service charge of 12.5 percent, especially for large groups.  If service isn’t included, it’s customary to leave 10-15 percent of the bill.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend £2.50 per person/per day for your driver and £4.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 pounds per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions. 

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

London

Tower of London and St Paul's

Adult Price: £61

At the Tower of London, you’ll hear the legend of the Tower and the ravens from your Local Specialist and discover the story of the kings and queens who died here. You'll also see the world-famous Crown Jewels, still in use by the monarchy today. Then we're off to St Paul's for a visit to this 1,400-year-old iconic cathedral.

Oxford & The Cotswolds

Adult Price: £45

Join us for a full-day tour of the Cotswolds. First, we'll visit Stratford-upon-Avon for an unforgettable visit to William Shakespeare's house. Then, we'll head to Oxford, where we will discover the delights of the city, with a Local Specialist, before enjoying a tour of Christ Church College.

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